Workshops

11.28.17

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Preface Review

Group 1 Madison, Devon C, Ariel, Nick, TJ
A Piece of the World (Preface is in menu in About page)
A Time for Tree
An Essential Environmental Examination
An Insight on Our Environment Today

Group 2 Chelsea, Mickayla, Devon S, Colby, Luke
Branching Out
Coming Out of My Shell
Contemplating Environmental Literature
Environmental Writing

Group 3 Meagan, Anna, Alexa, Roy, Ethan
Mind Flowers
Miss B
Reconnecting with Nature
The River is Everywhere
The Transparent Eyeball

(No Prefaces: Snow and The Enchanted Forest

11.14.17 Final Editorial Workshop

Our mantra this semester has been “know what you are doing and do it well.” This deceptively simple injunction took shape in the ways listed below. Thank you to the editorial assistants who brought these sites and issues to the surface and to each of you for considering and applying to your writing process.

Know what you are doing

“I found when I had finished my new lecture that it was a very good house, only the architect had unfortunately omitted the stairs.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks

  • Making it clear to a reader what is at stake (purpose stated at the beginning)
  • Embrace complexity: In the short-form essays we are writing, your essay will most likely have a turn—a complication, or a move from the general to the specific, the familiar to the unfamiliar, the obvious to the less obvious, or the simple to the complex. The syntax will often indicate this turn with words such as “but,” “yet,” or “however.”
  • What am I doing? coming to terms / writing about/ writing with / doing things with texts / sharing and recirculating / describing ideas / mind wrestling with terms / asking questions and exploring possible answers / saying and then struggling with oppositions, dialectics, contradictions / making claims – of fact, of policy, of value / making connections / inviting or provoking thought /

Doing it well

“There is creative reading as well as creative writing. . . . First we eat, then we beget; first we read, then we write.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The American Scholar”

  • Making kick ass titles
  • Using epigraphs
  • Integrity: paragraph breaks, paragraph integrity
  • Transitions: moving clearly and crisply from one place to another
  • Thinking with texts (different from thinking about a text)
  • Generalize when you know you are generalizing, don’t generalize otherwise
  • Use personal anecdotes but don’t make the personal the point of the essay unless that is exactly what you are doing
  • Integrating media: images and illustrations and sound
  • “Handling quotations”: Using quotations exactly when they are needed (and not using them when they are not)
  • Making connections (thinking intertextually). Using hyperlinks
  • Using figures of thought: conceptual metaphors, figures of speech
  • Citation: make it “un-clunky” using the affordances of digital technology
  • Conventions: use italics for titles. Quotes around articles and chapter titles, but not necessary when a hyperlink
  • Edit your work

One of the delightful if not surprising emergences in our work together this semester is the fact that there are very, very few errors in spelling, grammar, syntax, and mechanics. I have found myself less preoccupied with correctness as I have been reading and attending to your thinking, as a result, and have not found it necessary to do line editing of your work. Discuss.

11.2.17 Workshop #7 Ethan and Anna and Roy

Anna

In many of the essays this week, people used other works to help their point come across. This is a very useful writing tactic, it opens up the information by not just talking about an opinion about a book. By drawing on other authors of the same genre, we are able to do what we, in class, have been talking about all week–find out the best way to write about environmental issues. We have read many other works on this topic, and Ed Abbey’s definitely stands apart from the rest.

Ethan writes about Abbey’s writing compared to more classic Transcendentalist writing:

“The novel tackles the issue of civilization’s impact on society. There are definite parallels between the work of Transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau and environmental author Edward Abbey. Thoreau’s writings condemning the impact of slavery on society and his strong abolitionist leanings mirror Abbey’s own cause of protecting the natural environment from human exploitation.”

Mickayla compares his writing to the rest of what we have read this year and examines the usefulness of this particular novel in the discussion of environmental conservation:

“So although Carson, Berry, Williams, and Abbey differ in their approach to environmental literature, the overall “result” is what matters most. Our only home is being destroyed, and whether liberals or conservatives, “environmentalists” or not, will speak out against it does not matter. What matters is that someone speaks out and that even more do something about it.

Chelsea uses a quote from Wendell Berry’s essay on Ed Abbey’s writing to talk about the traditional and the non, and the pros and cons of both. Although this is not an issue directly brought up in Abbey’s book, it is definitely something that his writing style questions:

As Wendell Berry states in his 1985 essay A Few Words in Favor of Ed Abbey, “It seems virtually certain that no reader can read much of Mr. Abbey without finding some insult to something that he or she approves of. Mr. Abbey is very hard, for instance, on ‘movements’—the more solemn and sacred they are, the more they tempt his ridicule (3). Although this may seem aggravating to some, it ultimately is very useful because in challenging movements such as the environmental, he is showing how traditional these communities can be, and though tradition is not always a bad thing, it can definitely hinder progress when it comes to conquering the issue of the devastation of the natural world if we continue to only view it as being corrected in only one way

Ethan

What is effective / valuable environmental writing?

Since we have reached the halfway point in the semester, as a class, we have read a considerable sampling of the canon of environmental literature. After reading these texts, I think that as a class we are beginning to grasp what constitutes effective environmental writing. Many of this week’s essays on Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang also attempt to define the role and concept of wilderness within society. Is radical environmental “terrorism” or demonstrations beneficial to raising environmental awareness? Or is a focus on educating the general public on the dangers of environmental issues more influential to effecting change? These questions further examine the following question of: “what is the writing doing-what is its purpose?”.

In addition to defining influential environmental writing, I think that the overall classes’ ability to connect the course literature to other books and media helps to make the course material more relatable. Connecting this literature to other works also expands the analysis of the course readings.

Examples

In his post, The Monkey Wrench Gang: Wrecking Crew Roy points out that

“The identities and characters of the text are the best element of the text. Abbey uses these characters to create/simulate identities for the radical environmental counter-culture”.

I like how Roy introduces the radical character of Hayduke and how Abbey’s protagonist’s lifestyle revolves around effecting change regarding environmental awareness to someone who may not have had the opportunity to read Abbey’s novel. I also liked how Roy writes about the role of alcoholism in Hayduke’s everyday life. He points out how, in contemporary society, Hayduke’s irresponsibility with alcohol consumption would be “a clear indicator that someone is prepared or immature about the cause”. In the later section of his essay, Roy also points out the character dichotomy between Smith and Hayduke who both oppose the changing natural landscape but each have different ideas on how to spark environmental change. This relationship between these two characters is an important illustration of the different aspects of the environmental movement.

Monkey Wrenching The Tools of the Trade brings into question what the intention of Abbey is in writing the fictional work, The Monkey Wrench Gang. I like how Luke brings up the concept of a war against damaging the environment:

“The greatest things we can learn from this book are through the characters, their pasts and their actions. Hayduke is a man that is scarred from the ferocity of war. The “rape” of the natural land and all of its beauty sparks a fire in Hayduke that intends to burn every last excavator and chainsaw in Arizona.”

This analogy of the environmentalist movement to “war” is an effective metaphor to illustrate how Hayduke views his cause.

Environmental Writing: What is Most Effective? I really like how Mickayla refers to several of the texts we have read in class and relates them to Abbey’s novel:

“Wendell Berry’s The Unsettling of America. There are books that tell personal stories of how environmental degradation impacts families and lives—Refuge: An Uncommon History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams is an example. And while there are books that may provide us with steps to attempt to put a stop to this environmental degradation, these vary as well. Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975) is one example of this that some may call “extreme” or “ecoterrorism,” while others may call it “activism” or “civil disobedience.”

I also like how she raises the question: “What, then, is the most effective form of writing if we are to stop or slow the path of environmental destruction we are currently on?” This is an excellent question for the reader to consider. By adding a question to a post, the writer is engaging readers and is prompting them to consider their own take on the discussed material.

Roy

The Monkey Wrench Gang: Eco-Terrorism:

  • I like the use of “terrorism”. While the acts are non violent, it is a good reminder of the alternate view of the Gang’s activity.

  • “What’s more American than violence?” Hayduke wanted to know. “Violence, it’s as American as pizza pie.” (156)

What Do We Do: Monkey Wrench Gang:

  • Solid connections to Berry and Carson.

“This is an interesting idea. What we see is a group of people destroying someone else’s property and hard work. But the people who do these kinds of acts believe they’re doing it for the greater good – to save the planet. On page 229”
Monkey Wrench Gang Review/Recommendation:

“Within all their different personality traits, we basically see what it is like to try and compromise and efficiently do things in vast world of different characters. In essence, I feel like a big idea in the book was to implement this struggle on a smaller scale and how different groups may perceive a vast amount of different struggles.”

I enjoy this quote because it addresses a question that is not always raised when studying Environmentalism. Views this book as a micro-study whereas Silent Spring is a Macro-Study, much more general with points of specification.

Monkeywrenching: The Tools of The Trade:

“The greatest things we can learn from this book are through the characters, their pasts and their actions. Hayduke is a man that is scarred from the ferocity of war. The “rape” of the natural land and all of its beauty sparks a fire in Hayduke that intends to burn every last excavator and chainsaw in Arizona. He is madly passionate about sabotaging bulldozers and knocking down billboards. He says that “freedom, not safety, is the highest good.”

I like this quote, it provides a good examination of what we can learn through characters and how their traits will affect the plot of the book.

Edward Abbey:

“The novel tackles the issue of civilization’s impact on society. There are definite parallels between the work of Transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau and environmental author Edward Abbey. Thoreau’s writings condemning the impact of slavery on society and his strong abolitionist leanings mirror Abbey’s own cause of protecting the natural environment from human exploitation. Both authors were also not opposed to militant and aggressive measures to further their attempts to eliminate the encroachment of the influential members of society on the powerless minority. While both authors wrote during different time periods, each wrote with the intention of having a provocative effect on the reader.”

I like the relation to Thoreau and how the next paragraph shows exactly how you’re making that connection.

Environmental Writing: What is Most Effective?:

“The biggest crisis facing our world today is climate change. The destructiveness of climate change, as a human-induced phenomenon, has its roots in environmental degradation—the speed at which the Earth is warming stems from our behavior as a species. Without the Earth though, we are nothing. What problem could matter more than one that will destroy the only home we have?”

A very solid opening question with key ideas relatable to the text.

Good comparisons between Refuge, and The Unsettling of America

Monkeywrenching: Positive Protesting or Dangerous Protesting?:

“Monkey Wrenching is outlined best in the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey. The novel does a superb job of showing off what is in the mind of the people who commit these acts and also details how these people are often flawed in their personalities.”

I think this quote helps explain Monkey-Wrenching as an activity and social phenomena that exists and was practiced outside of the text. For someone who hadn’t read the text or understood the context of the time, this quote is key.

Environmental Violence

”Violence is not the answer but when it comes to anything, specifically in America, hurting things seems to be the main route. Our earth is filled with such beautiful things and when we as humans are slowly finding new ways to destroy what we have. The Monkey Wrench Gang follows through with this idea that ‘monkey wrenching’ is what needs to happen with our environment. Protesting or sabotaging the environment is what we all do whether it is apparent or subconsciously. We as humans have forced ourselves upon this earth and have created a serious footprint in the soil. We continue to step forward and leave our tracks on the ground. Sometimes we can say that this is a positive thing and we are moving into the future but in the end we are slowly ruining everything we have. This book discusses this in the eyes of violence.”

I think this quote/paragraph is essential, it outlines the role of violence in the book.

I also believe this helps show how far away “monkeywrenching” can go towards being an act of outright violence.

The Wilderness and Its Four Scorned Lovers

Do you want to save the fucking wilderness?

Yeah? Do it.

Big fan of this quote, as I’m sure many environmentalists would too.


Edward Abbey: A New approach to Environmentalism

“Why are environmentalists so threatened by Abbey’s unique outlook when it comes to writing about the environment? For starters, it can be seen in The Monkey Wrench Gang that Abbey has a very hypocritical way in which he paints his characters, specifically in the case of Hayduke”.

I think this quote is important because it shows that Edward Abbey does write with a bias that is perceived differently by each reader.

10.26.17 Writing Workshop #6: Meghan and Mickayla

The use of outside writings within blog posts.

I think that the use of other pieces of writing can really help to tie a point together.

Making connections to out-of-class readings, as well as books we have previously read, shows the connections we are making, and can help the reader understand the point we are trying to make even more clearly. I think sometimes it is really important and an interesting take by using other authors that we haven’t discussed in class and to bring their writings into the posts.

It also shows that we are thinking about things critically and deeply, rather than just writing about them without much thought. A reoccurring trend within this class seems to be making connections between all of the books we’ve read, as well as to concepts we’ve learned on our own.

Examples:

  1. http://arielfreedman.kscopen.org/Endangered_World/terry-tempest-williams/hope-in-refuge/

“Emily Dickinson has a poem in which she claims, “Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul.” Terry Tempest Williams quotes it on page 90. I find it interesting that Dickinson compares hope to a bird, because hope does feel like an innocent bird that flutters its wings within you. The bird has hope that it can fly and that you can fly. Dickinson also mentions that hope “never stops – at all.””

And

“Feathers are light, and perhaps that’s why Emily Dickinson compares hope to feathers. It’s what makes you feel like you can fly. In another sense, feathers are happiness. It tickles us inside when they flutter. Once someone feels a sense of trauma, the fluttering goes away. The bird stops flying, but it does live there. So what does Terry Tempest Williams mean when she says that we focus only on the feathers?”

I really like how Ariel incorporated this poem that was quoted in the novel into her blog post. I like how she moves from talking about trauma, to talking about hope, and then brings the reader back to this concept of handling trauma in our own lives. She created a link to the poem itself on the word ‘poem’ in her post. This shows green which makes it easier than adding an actual link into the middle of a sentence.

  1. http://www.missb.kscopen.org/ENG390/terry-tempest-williams/embracing-solitude/

“Linda Hogan said memories were songs, Terry Tempest Williams lyrical writing proves this.”

I like how Madison brings back Linda Hogan and uses a quote from Williams to reinforce this idea… this makes it more convincing

She also ties in the memoir from William’s. This is another great way of showing an outside piece that can be taken into the context of the post and to allow the reader to have a greater understanding.

3. http://coffeyandcontemplation.kscopen.org/ENG390/solar-storms/the-journey-of-angel/

“The truth is it is not about the destination of the Journey but the experiences made along the way; Lord of the Rings is not about Frodo destroying The Ring, it’s about him proving that even the smallest of person can have great power and that perseverance and determination can let you achieve your goals, no one believes that a small Hobbit could possibly hold onto and dispose of the most powerful artifact known to Middle Earth which could determine the future of the land but he does. In a similar case while the destination of Angels Journey is to find her mother who long since abandoned her she instead finds herself and is able to rebuild who she is.”

Here, Devon references a movie/ book that is well-known to many. This makes the understanding of the point he is trying to make about Angel even clearer and perhaps relatable.

And

“One example of the use of water for change is the play Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman water plays an integral part in the play with a pool being the most important prop in the center of the stage when the characters of the play enter this pool they change (Metamorphose) and exit the water transformed. This is the beginning of the transformation of Angel and the start of her Journey.”

Devon uses another reference to a play. I especially think that this reference is useful as it provides a visual almost for the meaning of water not only in this particular play, but also in Solar Storms.

It makes the metaphor of water easier to understand and also serves as a strong piece of evidence for Devon’s point that Angel is on a journey of transformation throughout the novel.

Another way that readers can see these outside texts is through a sidebar tab addition. Even if the texts aren’t anything we have mentioned in class it would be a good way to add in any types of books that you personally enjoy or that you believe can fit in well with the discussions of Endangered World.

10.19.17 Writing Workshop #5 Ariel Freedman and Nick Decarolis 

Kudos on Specific Themes As a whole, I’ve noticed that we’re doing a good job of picking one theme and writing about it, making it specific, and taking off with that. Silence, the symbolism of water, maps, and Angel’s journey are some topics I noticed that were specific and took one area of the book to focus on. Some were less specific, but most, you could tell were about one theme based on the title!

Examples

  • The Transparent Eyeball discussed the idea of water – “Water represents change in the book. It is a powerful force that the dam builders are trying to harness and control. It is the road by which the main characters in the book travel and it is the way that Angel reveals her past and determines her future. The four women, especially Angel and Dora Rouge, are naturally connected to the water.”
  • Colby discussed one quote that interested him and wrote his piece about that – “This is a quote that I felt encapsulated the theme of the book itself.”  

Improvements: what do we do about endings? Some of our posts didn’t have an ending paragraph that tells you the piece is over. Here are some suggestions for showing someone you’re at the end

  • You could bring back a piece that you mentioned at the beginning. This would close it off and tie it all together
  • The end should bring you somewhere new. Perhaps you could end with a question or some way of making your reader think about further about your topic
  • Think about what your piece is trying to do, and do it by the end. For example, you could answer a question you posed at the beginning.
  • Also ask yourself, is the ending actually my beginning? A lot of times the ending is where we find out what we’re actually writing.

Examples

  • In this novel we learn and understand the importance of taking ones past into consideration and not letting hold you back from shaping your future the way you want it to be. This novel also enables us to see the relationship between shaping our self identity and our culture within society as a whole.” (Devon – “Solar Storms: Finding Yourself “). This is a good summary of what was talked about in the piece, but it sounds more like an essay than a blog post. Ask “so what?” and extend the piece so the reader is left thinking.
  • “If the caribou are gone and the rabbits and deer have fled due to floodwaters, what will they eat? If the birds have left for good because of the constant sounds of the planes flying overhead, how can the hunter feed his family?” (The Transparent Eyeball – “The Waters of Change”) This is good because it ends on a question. How could we further these questions to keep the reader thinking about a bigger picture?  
  • “Decisions are made in a person’s life by small moments of knowing, each moment opening until, like pieces of a quilt, one say everything comes together in a precise, clear knowing.” (MADS “Scarred”) Ended with a quote, which is a good way to leave you reader thinking!

Images Adding images adds to your piece. A lot of our pieces show words – only 2 people posted a picture this round! I challenge you to add 1 or 2 pictures into your post to enhance its effect visually. Maybe think about adding an image of a metaphor or something relevant to your topic. Another tactic is to use images that look completely random to catch the reader’s eye. For example, a picture of an avocado or a shoe might stand out more than a picture of a still lake. Of course, it should relate somehow, but it would draw more people to your blog post!

10.12.17 Writing Workshop #4: Devon C and Ethan

Metaphors (figures of thought and speech) I personally feel that the use of metaphors and personification are important when writing a paper or any form of literature, they help the reader better understand what the writer is trying to convey and provide a different outlook on a subject. Personification, especially in regards to the Earth is important because it helps create a better connection to the reader, when you hear about an object being thrown you don’t care, but if that object has thoughts and feelings you as the reader are more incline to care about what happens to the object.

Examples:

  • “We are like children trying to kill a bug with fire and accidentally burning the whole house down.”
    • LeClere, “Playing With Fire”
  • On the other hand, it is also the responsibility of citizens to partake in social justice and be smart about how we treat Mother Earth, especially at the rate she is being harmed.
    • Colby, “Brazil, Deforestation, and Environmental Responsibility”
  • This denial that we are becoming hazards to the earth and thus ourselves, but not seeing it like a flaming ball of fire heading towards us, is similar to the way humans see health.
    • Miss B, “For Its Own Sake”
  • Our bodies are one with the land that surrounds us. By causing harm to the land and our environment, we are ultimately hurting our own bodies and health, physically and mentally. There is a connection with our psychological well being, and our physical bodies with the earth.
    • Devon, “One in the Same”

Handling Quotes As discussed in last week’s writing workshop another important thing that we need to work on as a class is the way in which we handle our quotes. While there are many ways in which we can structure our quotes I feel that it will be beneficial as a class to determine a single style in which we can write our quotes in and then cite.

As an English major MLA is a great way to write our quotes. A guide can be found at Write.com (http://www.write.com/writing-guides/style-guide-writing/mla/formatting-direct-quotations-properly-in-mla-format/). The way in which we work off of our quotes can also be worked on; quotes are there to supplement ideas or to provide a point to jump off of into an argument. Quotes should not be used as filler, a way to add more words to make a quota. They should have a purpose and that purpose should be evident to the reader, it should have a place in the writing. An effective use of adding quotes is like weaving a quilt they fit together beautifully and you cannot even tell that they were not originallya part of the tapestry. If one doesn’t properly weave them they look like patchwork and stand out as being different.

Writing Workshop #3 Midterm Check in (and working course grade) Domain and Course Blog (Your Self Assessment #1)Your writing: a portfolio of your thinking and writing.
Your contributions in class (your presence, your thinking, your questions, your discussion partner responsibility, your observations as an editorial assistant

Updated Course Schedule (with discussion partner and editorial assistant responsibilities. You will do two of these, one in first half of course and one is second half

“Know what you are doing at do it well.”

  1. Mark on Knowing what you are doing.

What are you doing? coming to terms / writing about / writing with / doing things with texts / sharing and recirculating / describing ideas / mind wrestling with terms / asking questions and exploring possible answers / saying and then struggling with oppositions, dialectics, contradictions / making claims – of fact, of policy, of value / making connections / inviting or provoking thought /

  1. Chelsea and Madison on Generalizing and “Incorporating”

Generalizing “I feel like many of us (myself included sometimes) overgeneralize to try and encompass a whole chunk of one of our author’s ideas. While agreeing these ideas are important, we should work on narrowing them down a bit or giving concrete examples to connect the reader of the blog.”

Writing with Texts “One effective writing strategy that I noticed within everyone’s writing was how people incorporated quotes from Wendell Berry into their essays. A few people decided to add a quote at the beginning of their post, and I think this is a very useful tactic within writing because it allows the audience to have a hint at what the main point of your blog post is.”

  1. Titles

Chelsea     Thoughts on Dharma

“Avocado” by Gary Snyder

Luke                  Nature is Poetry

Nature is always changing and evolving just as language is.

Anna                  Playing with Fire

Although these systems of agriculture have ‘revolutionized’ the way in which human beings eat, both these writers argue that this ‘progress’ has come at a great cost.

Nick          Self-Destructive Intelligence

I too am privileged to live on this continent and live the way we do. Although our standard of living and means of living could be described as “immature”. We take so much and give nothing back to our planet. Now lets switch gears and look at the standard of living of the people on the opposite side of the spectrum. Many people on our planet live without materialistic objects and get only what they need to survive. Whether this is their choice or not, it can be viewed in a worldly sense as “mature”. These people travel miles by foot for water and their food sources are very scarce. They don’t contribute to green house gas emissions, and they certainly do not spread chemicals into the environment. If the nonhuman organisms of our planet had a sentient mind capable of understanding this; I think they would appreciate the mature humans on our planet that only take what they need.

Colby                 Brazil, Deforestation, and Environmental Responsibility

In Guha’s “Enviornmentalism A Global History”, it was noted that “In the Amazon. A massive expansion of the road network-with some 8000 miles built between 1960 and 1984- opened way for settlers from the south in search of quick fortunes. Roads brought in colonists and took away the timber of mahogany, rosewood, and other valuable trees. In Thirty years almost 10 perent of territory, a staggering 60 million hectares of forest, or an area larger than France, had been logged or burnt over. An estimated 85 percent of this has been converted into pastures for livestock; a most inappropriate form of land use on poor soils of rain.” (Guha 117).

Roy           Recurring Themes in the Environmental World

So why do some fight back against the progress? I don’t believe there is one answer to that question. We discussed in class the dangers of “specialized thinking” or what too much weight on one end of the spectrum might do. The exclusion of certain subjects is always a result. The key is a balance, an equal understanding or at least an acknowledgment of all parts of the working machine.

Ethan        The Need for Education in Guha and Carson

In both of their books, both Ramachandra Guha and Rachel Carson emphasize the need for education about environmental issues. The tone of each work is to educate the reader on why environmental awareness is necessary for society.

Devon C   The Importance of Presentation

In class so far we have looked at: Ramachandra Guha’sEnvironmentalism: A Global History, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring,Gary Snyder’s Turtle Island, and Wendell Berry’s The Unsettling of America. In each of these books, the author chose a different way to present their information to the reader. These different forms of presenting information both have their advantages and disadvantages; some prove to be more beneficial while others leave the reader asking: What did I just read?

Meghan    Healthy World, Healthy Body

“Our fragmentation of this subject cannot be our cure, because it is our disease. The body cannot be whole alone. Persons cannot be whole alone. It is wrong to think that bodily health is compatible with spiritual confusion or cultural disorder, or with polluted air and water or impoverished soil” (107).

We are never whole. Without the environment we aren’t whole. Without each other we aren’t whole. Without knowledge we aren’t whole. Berry needs to find the answer to what makes us whole. I personally need to find the answer as well. How can we be whole without demeaning each other, bringing people down, introducing chemicals, or dying.

Humanities health is becoming less and less, minute by minute. I think it is extremely hard to understand fully that we are causing a lot of our health problems. Carson uses the truth toward our health mentally and Berry uses more of evidence based support. Which I find to be very helpful when it comes to the comprehension of our ecological and physical health. Berry talks about what the word health even is and it tells the reader to understand the idea that health is wholesome.

Having a healthy world will lead us into having a healthy body. Without the chemicals, pesticides, and negative environmental attitudes our wholeness would become greater. We can be happier and healthier along with keeping our environment safe and healthy as well.

Madison   “for its own sake”

The environmentalism movement is intricate and made of up many idea and many people; discussing them separately can pre productive, but comparing the views and drawing out the similarities that force the movement to stay alive is more so. These authors and activists are working to show the selfishness of humans that do what they do for their own sake.

Mickayla  Through a Narrow Window

Specialized knowledge is… “a very narrow window through which at a distance one can see only a crack of light. As one comes closer the view grows wider and wider, until finally through this same narrow window one is looking at the universe.”

Recent Posts as a Table of Contents

Anna

A Piece of the World

Madison

RECENT POSTS

10.5.17 Writing Workshop #2: Editorial Assistants: Madison and Chelsea

“There is creative reading as well as creative writing. . . . First we eat, then we beget; first we read, then we write.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar

Generalization

“To make a start,
out of particulars,
and make them general, rolling
up the sum by defective means-“

-William Carlos Williams, Paterson

“I found when I had finished my new lecture that it was a very good house, only the architect had unfortunately omitted the stairs.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks

  • I feel like many of us (myself included sometimes) overgeneralize to try and encompass a whole chunk of one of our author’s ideas. While agreeing these ideas are important, we should work on narrowing them down a bit or giving concrete examples to connect the reader of the blog.

    • Example: “Berry explains how the human mentality is quite contradictory in terms of what we say and do, more specifically, corporations, lobbyists, politicians and doctors. There are countless instances of groups (who, where, what stance?) who politically stand for something such as environmental preservation, yet would for example be in business partnership with a company who drills oil holes to contract fossil fuels.”

    • “Human pride is a dangerous thing.  It causes racism, sexsim, wars, etc. but it also keeps us from being able to view ourselves as we really are.  By valuing our superiority to the rest of the world higher than anything else, we not only remove ourselves, but we demonize our likeness to nature.” I really like the way this is worded, but what does racism, sexism, and wars have to the environmental connection of pride.

    • I personally feel that talking about humanities flaws and what we have done (what have we done) to this beautiful place that we live in is a hard pill to swallow. For any human being it is difficult to listen to any negative statements. (What negative statements are you referring to? Berry’s or a critiques or..?) Berry uses historical and scientific facts about our environment and its crisis.

**Roy your example of Dawn Dish Soap is what I am getting at by concrete examples. It gives easily understood context to the reader and was very effective.

** “An exploiter is someone much like Donald Trump. He is a “specialist” or “expert” on making money, and due to this, his main goal is to turn out a profit…Now a nurturer on the other hand, is someone like Bernie Sanders. ” Very effective Chelsea, bringing Berry into modern context.

  • No specific examples to note, but as I was reading through I feel like people need to take a little step back from the books we are reading and think about them in their own heads a bit. I think people are effectively using quotes and analyzing the context well, but I would really like to hear people’s voices shine through a little bit. Why did you pick the quote you did? What is the message Berry is trying to convey in the quote and how does it relate to the question you are asking or answering?  This may be the teacher in me talking, but I think you all have valid points to make, I just want to hear why they are valid/important to you and your world. Can you relate to what Berry is saying? Do you feel inspired, appalled, questioned, by his writing? I think that adding voice would make these blog posts more exciting to read, but also add value to you and more enjoyable to write.

Writing with Texts

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. We quote not only books and proverbs, but arts, sciences, religion, customs, and laws ; nay, we quote temples and houses, tables and chairs by imitation.

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. Many will read the book before one thinks of quoting a passage. As soon as he has done this, that line will be quoted east and west. Then there are great ways of borrowing. Genius borrows nobly. When Shakespeare is charged with debts to his authors, Landor replies : ” Yet he was more original than his originals. He breathed upon dead bodies and brought them into life.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Quotation and Originality

One effective writing strategy that I noticed within everyone’s writing was how people incorporated quotes from Wendell Berry into their essays. A few people decided to add a quote at the beginning of their post, and I think this is a very useful tactic within writing because it allows the audience to have a hint at what the main point of your blog post is.

  • (Ex. “what can I do with what I know? Without at the same time asking, how can I be responsible for what I know?” (Berry, 52)–From Meghan Hayman)
    • Meghan did a good job picking out a quote that tied in well with her main argument of humans having a difficult time grappling with how their knowledge of the impact they have on the environment can affect their individual lifestyles.

Other people incorporated in-text citations where they used Berry’s ideas to back up their own.

  • (Effective ex. “The overall goal of modern day agricultural system is simplification. This is brought about by the inherent specialization within our culture—there is a “specialist” for every subject, and there is no overlap between them. Our culture is fragmented in this way, and there is not a sense of wholeness. Berry speaks of our own health in this way. He says, ‘the concept of health is rooted in the concept of wholeness’ (pg 107). In order not only for our culture to be “healthy” but also for the systems within it (such as agriculture) to be “healthy,” there must be some sort of connection and/or wholeness.–From Mickayla)
    • Mickayla’s use of this quote was really well done as she connects her own thoughts simplification and specialization within our culture and then connects that to how Berry speaks about health. It was also an effective use of an in-text citation because it built up to Berry’s quote by first introducing her own thought path and then using his idea to fully support her argument.
  • (Suggestion for revision ex. “He goes on in his essay titled The Ecological Crisis as a Crisis of Character to state ‘American citizen now consigns the problem of food production to agriculturists and ‘agribusinessmen’’ (22). He later goes on to talk about the day to day life of the average American citizen and how he relies on other experts to go about his day to day life. Though he makes the statement ‘The fact is, however, that this is probably the most unhappy citizen in the history of the world. He has not the power to provide for himself with anything but money, and his money is inflating like a balloon and drifting away, subject to historical circumstances and the power of other people’ (22). He then continues to make a lot of statements on why this man is unhappy and why his life is actually terrible rather than the happy person they appear to be on the outside.”–From Devon Coffey)
    • While these quotes are all perfectly suited for Devon’s post, this section in particular is very clunky with in-text quotations/concepts from Berry’s book. In this part of Devon’s post he is clearly trying to build on one of Berry’s assertions after another, but this is not all too effective as Devon saves all of his own thoughts until the very end of the post. So, in doing this, the reader is being somewhat bombarded with information and is not having a chance to have the writer then begin to analyze and reflect it back to them. In this excerpt of his blog post Devon is talking a lot about Berry’s ideas, but I think it would be more effective to weave his own analysis/arguments into the usage of in-text citations.

9.28.17

Writing Workshop #1.2 From knowing what you are doing to doing it well

  1. Go over each of your four essays and work on the first sentence and the first paragraph. (You may choose to leave the sentence and paragraph as is if you feel it is working.)
  2. Draft a first sentence for the essay you are writing on Wendell Berry. The general questions to work from include: What is the relationship between the ecological crisis and character? What is the relationship between the ecological crisis and agriculture? What is the relationship between the ecological crisis and culture?
  3. Think about the form and function of your essay. Most effective pieces of writing about texts and ideas move: the writing develops and takes the reader somewhere. In the short-form essays we are writing, your essay will most likely have a turn—a complication, or a move from the general to the specific, the familiar to the unfamiliar, the obvious to the less obvious, or the simple to the complex. The syntax will often indicate this turn with words such as “but,” “yet,” or “however.”

9.19.17 Know What You are Doing (Redux)

Last week, in our first writing workshop, I focused your attention as writers on the purpose of the piece of writing. The evidence from fifteen essays was that a direct and accessible statement of purpose is difficult to pick out in most of your writing.  Your essays on Rachel Carson once again suggest this difficulty once again. Below you will find the sentence or sentences that I would like to submit as statements of purpose.

Your job is to revise your essay to make the purpose more direct and accessible–first to you as a writer and second for the benefit of a reader. In most cases will likely move these sentences to start your piece of writing and then revise (title, paragraphs, discussion) accordingly. 

Mickayla The pace at which natural events happen, therefore, seems to be one of the reasons humans and the natural world have inherent difficulties “getting along.” Were nature to work at the “heedless pace of man” rather than the slow, “deliberate” pace of nature as Carson said, perhaps then we would be more aware of the impacts we are having on our natural world—the world which provides us with the goods and services, we as humans need to survive.

Ariel Rachel Carson brings up a good point in her book Silent Spring, when she says: We are accustomed to look for the gross and immediate effect and to ignore all else. Unless this appears promptly and in such obvious form that it cannot be ignored, we deny the existence of hazard – Carson 190 What Carson is saying is that we naturally look for immediate affects, and I completely agree.

Anna By addressing the issue of our environment as a social one, as well as a scientific one, it opens the conversation to people who are not as informed on the subject matter as others might be.

Ethan In the later half of Silent Spring, Carson adds a more poignant chapter entitled, “One in Every Four”. In her later years, Rachel Carson was diagnosed with breast cancer. It is interesting that she relates chemical pollution to cancer in the fourteenth chapter of her book. Carson writes, “As the tide of chemicals born of the Industrial Age has arisen to engulf our environment, a drastic change has come about in the nature of the most serious public health problems” (Carson, 187). This relationship adds a more sympathetic view to her work that appeals to a greater audience and inspires them to change

Devon We are obsessed with the idea of controlling nature, the thought of it is even in our media, our superheroes control the elements, our Sci-Fi movies and shows have concepts like controlling gravity, our sci-fi novels talk of immortality and cheating nature of the certainty of death.

Nick Within Silent Spring Carson also discusses the delicate balance in nature that has taken millions of years to form. “Given time – time not in years but in millennia – life adjusts, and a balance has been reached. For time is the essential ingredient; but in the modern world there is no time. The rapidity of change and the speed with which new situations are created follow the impetuous and heedless pace of man rather than the deliberate pace of nature.”

Meghan “For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.” – Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (15) Rachel Carson has created a sentence that in just those few words make one sit in silence.

Chelsea When Silent Spring was published, the U.S. was just entering into the second wave of feminism, and yet, by looking at these criticisms alone, it can be seen that women at this time, even a very well known and intelligent female scientist like Carson were still being looked down on for having valid thoughts and opinions.

Madison How has the environmentalism movement and writers like Carson not helped people see how important it is to change our ways? How are people still not able to see all the chemicals being put on our food and into it? Do people not care enough? Is the government not doing enough?

Colby Carson’s findings were to be dismissed in most of the scientific community and public for being too passionate and not rational enough, even though her research seemed to be thorough and accurate, some quotes and facts even being by scientists in the book itself. Instead, she was seen as a writer who was trying to overstep boundaries by stepping into the science field and was thought to not understand the subject fully.

Luke The reason Carson uses these examples is because the issue that she is trying to address is of too massive a scope to tackle the whole mess head-on. Instead, Carson breaks the issue apart. Town by town, field by field, contaminated watershed by contaminated watershed.

9.14.17 Writing Workshop #1.1: Know What Your Are Doing

What are you doing?

coming to terms / writing about / writing with / doing things with texts / sharing and recirculating / describing ideas / mind wrestling with terms / asking questions and exploring possible answers / saying and then struggling with oppositions, dialectics, contradictions / making claims – of fact, of policy, of value / making connections / inviting or provoking thought /

Anna            A Piece of the World

Nature and Literature

A description of personal connection to nature. “Where to begin”

The Effortless Murder of the Natural World

1) Why are these authors not studied seriously? 2) Talking about the environment is difficult. 3) dangerous ways of thinking 4) How do we fix what we have done? 5) difficult of accepting that our own “progress” as a civilization is killing us

Alexa           A Time for Tree

The Beginnings of a Lifestyle

Perspective: a challenge and a necessity. “Perspective. It’s all in the perspective.” Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, “What you see is what you get.”

Roy    An Essential Environmental Examination

Response to Guha

Guha provides perspective (roots of environmentalism)

Thoughts on a Natural World

“The natural world holds the answers and holds more secrets than man, can comprehend.”

Colby            An Insight on Our Environment Today

North American Environmentalism’s Role on a Global Scale

1) We have some of the world’s most forward looking environmental ideas / institutions / organizations / regulations; 2) We are one of the most resource intensive societies on the planet

Our Dying Environment

“we need to be knowledgeable about what is going on in our world and conscientious of the effects that result from a lack of care.  I believe it is our generations responsibility to say “No, this is not okay.”

Devon C.     Branching Out

Thoughts on Writing and Nature in My Life

Just what the title says it is!

Environmentalism and Social Justice

working out what it might mean 2) A interesting concept (worth knowing, Devon suggests)

Meaghan    Coming Out of My Shell

What is more than human?

A question worth asking. What about the animals? (cf Mary Oliver, Some Questions you Might Ask)

Eye Opening

1) “Using words to describe and create the world is a beautiful quality that people have.” 2) “I want to be a writer who has the ability to tell the full truth even if that means it is the ugly truth.”

Ethan          Contemplating Environmental Literature

Thoreau’s Environmentalism and its Influence on Modern Environmental Literature

1) “incorporating the study of environmental literature into my existing academic interests.” Connection to Thoreau seminar. “Thoreau’s impact on Transcendentalism can be observed in Modern environmental writing. The influence of Thoreau is particularly evident in the works of American poet and environmentalist, Gary Snyder. Beat poet and writer, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, referred to Snyder as the “Thoreau of the Beat generation”. Snyder’s anti-cosmopolitan belief that all human beings should act as inhabitants of a natural world rather than as members of a community mirrors the nineteenth century teachings of Thoreau.”

William Wordsworth’s Contribution to Environmental Literature

1) Guha on more than literary appreciation of landscapes (one aspect of “nature writing”) 2) Environmental literature as a “living text” 3) Wordsworth’s connection to modern environmental literature

Ariel             Environmental Writing

A World Beyond Humans

Personal reflection on being a part of and apart from. Music and the more-than-human world. (There is a theme here in other blogs that the more-than-human quite simply, is. It is an important piece of information.)

1) Muir and nature as a “fountain of life” 2) “Aren’t we all part of one web living together on this one earth?” 3) writing as a reminder? “it really is a beautiful world, although we forget that sometimes.”

Chelsea       Mind Flowers

Society vs. Nature

1) We all have places in our lives. 2) dialectic of love and indifference in our lives. 3) environmental ethics. (Thomas Berry, The Great Work, The Meadow Across the Creek: “Whatever preserves and enhances this meadow in the natural cycles of its transformation is good; what is opposed to this meadow or negates it is not good. My life orientation is that simple. It is also that pervasive. It applies in economics and political orientation as well as in education and religion and whatever” (need to tag: E.O. Wilson, biophilia) (Mickayla’s reading, comment that the first two paragraphs “are so beautifully written”)

The Environmental Ethics of John Muir and Aldo Leopold

What does it mean to be environmentally ethical? What is environmental ethics? John Muir and Aldo Leopold as resources. A Sand County Almanac. Guha as a useful starting point.

Madison      Miss B.

Culture, Shockingly Wonderful

1) What is nature? 2) memories and lessons of the more than human world in other, less familiar places: “leaving familiarity is where you will find extraordinary.”

The Dumping Ground

When did mankind become so entitled as to use and abuse what has been here long before us? Ramachandra Guha wrote in his book, Environmentalism: A Global History, “Nature became a source of cheap raw material as well as a sink for dumping the unwanted residues of economic growth.” Seventeen years after this book with published, forty to fifty years from when the movement started, and humans are still treating the Earth in this brutal way. I have to give due credit to those that are actively working to make a change, such as John Muir and the Sierra Club. But, to all those who think it is okay to do things like throwing a can out the window while they are driving, to knocking down forests to build new establishments or pipelines, with little regard to the world around them, those are the people we all need to fear.

Muir asked a powerful question, “Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation?” This speaks directly to what I was just struggling in my own head.

Nick  Nick’s Domain

Writing in an Endangered World and My Connection to Nature

“I will share my own scientific knowledge as well as interpreting newly found environmental literature. I look forward to gaining a better understanding of what writing in an endangered world really is throughout the semester; as well as sharing my own experiences and thoughts about environmental literature and what they mean to me.”

“I wish to utilize this blog as my own voice to the outside world as an environmentalist and outdoor recreation enthusiast.”

Devon S.     The Enchanted Forest

Lavender and Sage

“In Ramachandra Guha’s text, Environment: A Global History,  he refers to the environmental movement as “an ever-youthful social movement” (Guha 1)

The More than Human World

With more than human abilities mother nature is able to effect the human world in endless ways. 2) Humans need to come together to keep the balance that mother nature has worked so hard to create and protect the circle of life from becoming unbalanced. The sooner humans can realize that we are living in a more than human world, the sooner we can take the next step in taking care of mother nature and our entire planet.

Luke The Transparent Eyeball

Writing in an Endangered World: The Task we are Charged With

1) “We write about nature because we are part of nature. To separate ourselves from nature is to separate ourselves from the wild spirit that lies within us.” (note connection to the fact that all of us, each of you, is writing in an endangered world). 2) “As writers in a teetering world, we are charged with reflecting on our feelings about our tenuous existence on earth.”

Rachel Carson: The Power of Example

“These things are specific examples of a larger problem. Carson fits these examples together like pieces of an intricate puzzle. She does this in an effective way that diagrams how large of a scale we as humans are reaching, and how much damage we are inflicting.

The reason Carson uses these examples is because the issue that she is trying to address is of too massive a scope to tackle the whole mess head-on. Instead, Carson breaks the issue apart. Town by town, field by field, contaminated watershed by contaminated watershed. Silent Spring changed the way many people view nature. “

Mickayla    Writing in an Endangered World

Dynamic Environmentalism

1) there are many different ways in which people feel connected to the more-than-human-world. 2) There are many view of the environment “Many people simply view the environment as a nonliving “thing”—unaffected by their actions or the actions of others. Some people view the environment as something that provides us with clean air, water, and food, and will always do so, no matter what. While others view the environment as a dynamic, living entity, which is extremely sensitive to our actions.” 3) Environmentalism is a dynamic concept in the year 2017, and I’m excited to explore the events and pieces of writing that made it what it is today throughout this course.

The River is Everywhere

1) (opening) The idea that every living creature has worth, is important to the functioning of our environment, and deserves respect is one that I feel very strongly about. One of my favorite quotes expressing this is in Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha—“The river is everywhere.” I even have this tattooed on me… This quote is essentially saying that everything is connected—not only us, as humans, but, as I interpret it, every living thing. 2) (conclusion) Respect of all living beings, I therefore believe, is the root of environmentalism.

9.5.17

Domains and Course Blogs

Madison http://www.missb.kscopen.org/ENG390/
Chelsea  http://mindflowers.kscopen.org/Endangeredworld/
Ethan http://echalmers.kscopen.org/english/
Devon (C) http://coffeyandcontemplation.kscopen.org/ENG390/
Kate http://shenronawakes.kscopen.org/WritinginanEndangeredWorld/
Ariel http://arielfreedman.kscopen.org/Endangered_World/
Meaghan http://meghanhayman.kscopen.org/endangeredworld/
Mikayla http://mickaylajohnston.kscopen.org/enst363/
Anna http://comptoniaperegrina.kscopen.org/eng390
Roy http://thelastpinegrove.kscopen.org/WroteInEndangeredWorld
Devon (Sacca) http://aphrodite.kscopen.org/eng390/
Luke http://thetransparenteyeball.kscopen.org/Writinginanendangeredworld/
Alexa http://www.adventurealexa.kscopen.org/
Nick http://nickdecarolis.kscopen.org/
Colby http://wildcat.kscopen.org/
TJ ?

2. The Maelstrom of Modern Life

To be modern is to find ourselves in an environment that promises us adventure, power, joy, growth, transformation of ourselves and the world—and, at the same time, that threatens to destroy everything we have, everything we know, everything we are. . . . The maelstrom of modern life has been fed from many sources: great discoveries in the physical sciences, changing our images of the universe and our place in it; the industrialization of production, which transforms scientific knowledge into technology, creates new human environments and destroys old ones, speeds up the whole tempo of life, generates new forms of corporate power and class struggle; immense demographic upheavals, severing millions of people from their ancestral habitats, hurtling them half way across the world into new lives; rapid and often cataclysmic urban growth; systems of mass communication, dynamic in their development, enveloping and binding together the most diverse people and societies; increasingly powerful national states, bureaucratically structured and operated, constantly striving to expand their powers; mass social movements of people, and peoples, challenging their political and economic rulers, striving to gain some control over their lives; finally, bearing and driving all these people and institutions along, an ever-expanding, drastically fluctuating capitalist world market. In the twentieth century, the social processes that bring this maelstrom into being, and keep it in a state of perpetual becoming, have come to be called ‘modernization.’ These world-historical processes have nourished an amazing variety of visions and ideas that aim to make men and women the subjects as well as the objects of modernization, the give them the power to change the world that is changing them, to make their way through the maelstrom and make it their own. Over the past century, those visions and values have come to be loosely grouped together under the name of ‘modernism.’

—Marshall Berman, All that is Solid Melts into Air (1982)

Make Your Blog Your Own

Writing

Guidelines for writing are on the Writing Projects page on the Writing in an Endangered World Web Site.

Think. Write. Give the post a title. Consider adding media. Give the post a category (for the purposes of the syndication we will be doing please create and use the category “First Thoughts”).

Consider conventions and style Practice and play with the conventions of digital writing; consider microstyle, including brief but suggestive post titles, simpler sentences; when writing and curating your prose, find a voice less constrained by formality or informality, perhaps by questioning familiar distinctions between formal and informal distinction, but without going too far toward either pole; consider spaces (as opposed to indentation) to mark paragraph breaks; consider the use of bullets to organize information. To add a Category, open edit for your first blog post and add a category; Add Tags Go through your first blog post and identify key words and concepts, people, place names. Add no fewer than three Tags to the post. Add one or more Links Highlight text > add a URL > save (or command + K on a Mac). Link to a text. Publish.

Make Your Blog Your Own

Play with different themes. Your content will remain—though some themes will “hide” content (for example if a theme does not have a sidebar or footer.

Example: http://thefarfield.kscopen.org/endangered_world/

Use the Word Press Dashboard to customize your blog

Blog Title Writing in an Endangered World

Blog Tagline literature and environmentalism at keene state college

Pages Make an about page with a professional bio, and perhaps a headshot or image. Here are two examples

https://cackowskionstyle.wordpress.com/about/
https://milleronstyle.wordpress.com/about/

Congratulations! You have now created your domain and you now have your own blog on your domain using the open-source digital content management system (CMS) Word Press (WP).

You have designed a space that will make visible your intellectual contributions in this course: Your course blog is a process portfolio in which you will be thinking and writing in this course—a site where you will be sharing your intellectual work with members of the class, and other interested readers.

In creating a WP blog, you are also designing a space to gain some control over your digital identity. Using basic digital tools and technologies will allow you to share your ideas in a public space and to consider ways of using the web in meaningful ways.

Manage Your Blog 

The first step in managing your blog is to experiment with the digital tools you now have—to take up design questions about organizing and presenting information, to play with the relations between text and image, to cultivate habits or protocols (using categories or tags, or thinking about style) when publishing a post.

More broadly, in managing your blog you are exploring the implications of how you represent yourself in a public space—empowering you to move beyond the passive consumption and toward more active production of content in the digital commons

The checklist below will develop your skills (such as adding images and links) and establish habits, or protocols, (such as including categories and tags when you publish a post. Do what you are able before next week—some of you will move further along in the checklist than others. But make a note to consider and complete all of the tasks below, at a minimum, before the end of week 3 in the course.

  • Clean up your theme delete default pages, links that are not relevant, widgets in sidebars or footers that you are not using; organize the sidebar or footer to make the site easier to navigate, making sure there is a list of “Recent Posts” so that a reader has a table of contents; try a “sticky post” that will welcome readers to your site and will be “above the fold” for visitors of your site;
  • (Re)consider your theme You are welcome to experiment with different themes. Word Press has hundreds of free themes for you to try. Don’t worry: you can try one out and if it does not work you can always switch back to your original or default theme
  • Edit your “About” or “About page: Readers want to know who is writing and you are in control of what a reader will know. Remember that you want to be taken seriously and so what you say (or do not say) will shape a perception of you
  • Add an Image to your About page Consider Justifying image left or right and wrapping text using image editor. If you choose not to use an image of yourself, choose an appropriate image that you would like your readers to associate with you
  • Learn to use images in your posts Use your own. You can use Google Search to poke around on the web and find images that free to use. Use embedded links to relevant materials and resources, as well as media, in your posts. Use your own images. Visit Unsplash, a community sharing site with over 200,000 free do-whatever-you-want high-resolution photos. Or use the Penn Libraries Public domain Images portal for access to other image archives.
  • Add or Modify your Blog Header You don’t have to have a header. And what you can do with a header is in some cases determined by the theme you have chosen. Still, headers are attractive and can serve to reinforce or echo the blog theme.
  • Add a Links or Blogroll Widget (if you do not already have one) Delete default WP links that do not seem relevant or necessary. Consider context, perhaps adding the College home page (Title of the link should be the name of the College). Link to course web page. As your projects develop later in the course you will likely want to add to the list of links.
  • Consider moving the content of your blog out into other social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) that you use. You can easily add a twitter widget to your blog, for example.

License your Content

 As authors creating and publishing content on the web, you need to think about copyright and the commons, digital communities, collaboration and sharing. Here is what you need to do:

  • Choose a license. I recommend and use the least restrictive license. The 4.0 License  allows others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon our work, even commercially, as long as users credit us for the original creation. You retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make non-commercial uses of your work. Once you have chosen a license, add a Text Widget to your Blog. Copy and paste the code into the text window. Update to save changes.

9.5.17

Domain Work

When you open your primary domain you will get a red page with a note that you can log in to your control panel to get started configuring your domain. In the next few weeks, you will be working on your domain so when visitors come to your site there will be something there.

  • Read About KSC Open
  • Login to KSC Open. On your cpanel, click on apps. Install Word Press on your primary domain. Set up your primary domain with a word press theme. Your domain is like a house. It is your digital place to make things and share things.
  • Think about how you might use your domain. What do you want to share? How do you want to define yourself?
  • Consider a “course hub” or “e-port” that connects your learning in more than one class. Upload your resume. Link to organizations, college clubs, or other parts of your physical or digital life?

As we get further along in the course we will be talking about what you might want to do on your domain

  • Take ownership of your presence on the web. Express your ideas. Integrate your learning and interests.
  • Use open-source platforms. Build projects using digital tools. Create portfolios, exhibits, galleries, blogs, or wikis.
  • Engage with the community. Construct the web. Navigate, and critically question digital technologies

If you have other digital spaces you would like to move to or import into your domain, let’s talk!

8.31.17

An Introduction to Environmental Literature

Thursday in Class Domain Session

 Setting up Your Domain You all should have received an email from Jenny Darrow:

I just created your account on KSCopen.org so be on the lookout for an auto-generated email from WordPress with the subject line “your username and password info”. Look in your spam folder if 24 hours elapses without any communication. This email is important to getting your site up and running.

Very important step #1 directions: https://kscopen.org/about-kscopen/documentation/

Now we are ready to get to work:

Open up the Documentation page on KSC Open  and follow these steps:

enter username
reset password
login to KSC Open

Your Domain Name Your domain is your space on the web that you will name and administer. We will complete this step in class on Thursday.

First, I asked you to give some thought to your domain name. Here are two students who set up a domain using first + last name

https://simonemcewan.wordpress.com/
https://sarahheissenberger.wordpress.com/

These two sites are “course hubs” or “e-ports” that capture the learning of a student in more than one class. The first + last naming convention works well here because then you can add subdirectories to your domain. Subdirectories function as separate sites on your domain, for example, a blog:

https://simonemcewan.wordpress.com/blog/
https://sarahheissenberger.wordpress.com/blog/

Here are two examples of professors who have set up domains using different naming conventions. The first is a last name. The second is an alias that also serves as a “site” or virtual “place” associated with a person or person’s work:

http://cangialosi.kscopen.org/
http://thefarfield.kscopen.org/

Here is another using an alias:

Mike Caulfield’s Hapgood

The document KSC Open Terminology is a useful reference for learning to understand the terms associated with Domain of One’s Own projects like KSC Open.

Using C-Panel (Control Panel) The C-Panel for your domain is a powerful tool. At this point, you are going to do a simple installation of Word Press.

Follow the steps on the Documentation page on KSC Open. (nota bene: under Settings, make sure that you enter your user name and your password for KSC Open. For now there is no need to name the blog or write the tagline.)

Install Word Press

You will be directed to the Installatron Screen and you will see your domain. When you want to access your domain, you can login to KSC Open or go to https://yoursite.kscopen.org/wp-admin/

Create Your Course Site/Blog Login to your domain. Go to Applications. Click on Word Press.

Enter your domain in the location line: http://yourdomain.kscopen.org/

Enter the site name for your course blog under directory: http://yourdomain.kscopen.org/english390blog

IMPORTANT: Send an email to Mark with the URL of your course blog

 

8.29.17

Introduction to course: Writing in an Endangered World

Course Site

Environmental Literature

The Environmental Humanities

KSCopen.org account request Getting Started 

Introduction of students: Objects, and Artifacts

Mickayla Johnston

Pedagogy and method: Open Education and KSC Open

On class blog Welcome to KSC Open and The Web Log as Genre

Project Site KSC Open Project

Domain of One’s Own 

Mark Long’s Domain on KSC Open The Far Field

Domain name is thefarfield.kscopen.org

The farfield comes from Travel Blog From the Far Field

The farfield now used at professional site The Far Field

Our Course Site Writing in an Endangered World

URL has the site on the domain as follows:

http://thefarfield.kscopen.org/endangered_world

Dr. Mark C. Long Teaching and Learning Lab

Go to My KSC Open Dashboard

Dr. Karen Cangialosi, Biology Invertebrate Zoology

Student | Faculty Exhibit

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